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Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018


The Act is intended to create a more parent-friendly, equitable and consistent approach to how school admissions policies operate for all primary and post primary schools. This should help to ensure that all children, regardless of nationality or religion, should be able to access education. For example provisions include the requirement for schools to set out arrangements for students that do not wish to attend religious instruction. This is particularly important in Ireland as the majority of state funded primary schools have a Catholic Ethos. These changes will encourage a more inclusive environment in Irish education. The Act also give the Minister of Education power to compel schools to open special classes.

  • Policy papers
  • Country of origin / implementation:
  • Ireland
  • Language:
  • English
  • Compliance with the Dashboard Outcomes:
    • Access to compulsory education
    • Children complete compulsory education
    • Children remain in (formal) education beyond compulsory levels / Access to (formal) non-compulsory education
    • Children's academic skills
    • Children's legal status
    • Institutions
    • Teachers
    • Types & levels of (formal) non-compulsory education attended
    Policy Paper addressed to:
  • National Governments
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